Industry News

Holograms Market Expected to Grow in 2015

Product security concerns are likely to increase demand for technologies such as holograms, according to a press release issued by the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA).

“Anti-counterfeiting technologies will grow as the criminal masterminds get more sophisticated every year, and the security printing industry needs to expand capabilities using multiple technologies to remain ahead,” stated Ian Lancaster, the general secretary of IHMA, in a news release.

Investing to Support Pharmaceutical Companies in Puerto Rico

Victor Dixon has been involved with the pharmaceutical and biotech packaging industry in Puerto Rico for a number of years, so he’s seen the island industry during its up and down cycles. He’s supplied these businesses in PR from companies such as Alcoa Packaging, Kimble/Gerresheimer Glass, and later Cortegra as well as operated the printed packaging production facilities of Catalent on the island. And now as President/COO of Rondo-Pak, he’s excited about the company’s year-old facility in San Juan.

Baxter Voluntarily Initiates U.S. Recall of Two Lots of Sodium Chloride Injection

Baxter International Inc. announced it voluntarily initiated a recall in the United States of two lots of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection USP in 100 mL MINI-BAG PLUS Container to the hospital/user level. The recall is being initiated as a result of two complaints (one per lot) of particulate matter that was identified as a fragment of the frangible from the vial adapter. The issue was identified upon standard visual inspection prior to patient administration.

Form-Fill-Seal Bagging for Cleanrooms

At Pack Expo International, Ravizza Packaging USA introduced and demonstrated to the U.S. market its form-fill-seal bagging machine, the Simplicita Bag Smart, which can be used in cleanrooms for clean packaging of medical components. The Simplicita produces a range of bag sizes from a single film tube rather than using premade bags.

Clondalkin Pharma & Healthcare Equipped to Serialize Cartons in Dublin

Clondalkin Pharma & Healthcare has installed equipment for serializing cartons at its Cherry Orchard facility in Dublin. The Atlantic Zeiser Digiline 300 will be used to support track-and-trace efforts for product movement as well as authentication.

Romaco North America Opens Headquarters in New Jersey

Packaging and tableting technology supplier Romaco North America (N.A.), a subsidiary of Romaco Group, has opened its new headquarters in Hamilton, NJ. Romaco will use the location as a local base for sales, customer service, spare parts, rebuilds, pre-installation inspection and line integration of its packaging and tableting machinery. It will also maintain a demonstration lab for machine trials.

Vetter Development Service Chicago adds Third Cleanroom for Clinical Syringe Projects

Expansion offers new manufacturing options and additional filling capacity.



Preparing for Item-Level Coding

Given the staggered deadlines for Unique Device Identification and a lengthy phase-in period for U.S.-market pharmaceutical item-level serialization, healthcare product manufacturers have time to address some of the challenges in implementation. Solutions providers that exhibited at Pack Expo International and Pharma Expo 2014 shared their approaches in handling data and the packages themselves in an effort to provide the tight control needed for dependable line performance.

Flying Lessons

In the late 1970s, Paul MacCready led a team that won both the first (and later the second) Kremer Prize. The £50,000 award was set up in 1959 as a challenge to develop human-powered flight. In August 1977, cyclist Byron Allen completed a figure-eight course in the Gossamer Condor. In 1979, he crossed the English Channel in the Gossamer Albatross. Amazing feats, still awesome more than 35 years later – and although these are old stories, this example comes to mind often. Not just because of what they did, but because of the way they did it.

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